It has been more than 20 years (and in the interim one Phillies and two Red Sox World Series championships) since the publication of the initial Pediatric Secrets. With this new edition, we strove to continue the principles of past editions by incorporating topics and questions about common (and less common) pediatric issues that are discussed every day in inpatient and outpatient settings. It is a constant dialogue involving pathophysiology, diagnosis, and therapy that leads to greater understanding. We have again tried to highlight major areas in pediatrics that remain controversial and less clearly defined.
We thank the chapter authors for their diligence in revising and updating, particularly in more novel aspects of pediatric medicine. We are very grateful to Andrea Vosburgh of Elsevier for her thoughtful suggestions, attention to detail, and patience with deadlines.
We have watched our own families grow, and in some cases begin families of their own, during the span of these editions. To Helene, Allison, Mitchell, Jessica, and Gregory Polin and to Nina, Erin, Cara, and Grace Ditmar, thank you for providing a lifetime of support and for continuing to leave the light on for us.
Since the publication of our last edition, Dr. Jean Cortner has passed away. Dr. Cortner was physician-in-chief at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 1974 until 1986. He was a mentor, colleague, and friend, as well as a consummate physician with intellectual verve, genuine compassion, and remarkable insight. He is very much missed. We dedicate this 5th edition of Pediatric Secrets to his memory.
Pediatric Secrets is an easytoread, bestselling volume in the Secrets Series, perfect for use in clerkships, for board prep, or as a handy clinical reference. Richard A. Polin, MD and Mark F. Ditmar, MD present essential questions and answers to help you better meet the challenges you face every day.
Autor: Richard A. Polin, Mark F. Ditmar